Family Fun Day

Well what a fun day that was with all the family.  Awesome 52km ride from Spooners Tunnel to Mapua meeting the non riders along the way.

Early start to get the bikes loaded out to the Spooners Tunnel.

Thanks Michael and Kiwi Journeys for a great trip out to the tunnel with the informative commentary.

Here goes start of the tunnel. Lights fully charged ready for the 1.3km

Blazed it downhill to Wai-iti domain

First stop Wakefield bakery where Mum and Dad the support crew were making sure there were enough pies for us.

On through the hops to the Grape Escape for lunch.

All the tribe for lunch, to refuel
Through the Waimea estuary on to Rabbit Island
Made it…….!!!
Karen chilling after her record bike ride day

Well that was a super fun day. Well done team……!

52km fun in the sun today

Enjoying our staycation on our 3 days off and this morning we got a shuttle from Nelson out to the Spooners tunnel. The longest disused rail tunnel in the southern hemisphere.

Despite having ridden it 4 times the claustrophobia kicked in and that didn’t help with the light on my bike not working! Thought I was going to come unstuck during the 1.35km but happy to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

Betty and Nancy getting ready for the tunnel
Here goes……

Out the other side and wow what a huge improvement in the surface  of the trail since last time we did the ride.  Smashed the other side of the tunnel, blazed through the hop farms which are expanding by the day, onwards through Wakefield then time for a rest in Brightwater.

Loving riding through the hops and this section of the trail is stunning.
Rest stop in Brightwater

The strong northerly made for a tough day of riding but the Maccas ice cream reward was well worth it.

A few mechanical issues with Betty but all sorted after realising the derailleur was missing a bolt!!!! Handy Andy had a spare so all fixed.

Awesome day out and fantastic ride on our door step.

3 Trails in 1 day

First we had to tick off being tourists in Cromwell. So pretty and the historical part of the town is amazing.

Then yesterday it was time to hit the Central Otago trails.

Coffee stop in Clyde before getting the bikes
Huge thanks to the Bike It Now team. Your bikes and service was awesome.
Otago Rail Trail Clyde to Alexandra
Alexandra on a perfect spring day
Roxburgh Gorge Trail truly amazing

Amazing day of riding finished off with the River Trail from Alex back to Clyde.

Clyde – Alexandra – Roxburgh Gorge Trail – Alexandra – Clyde = 47km.

Put it on the To Do list. We will be back for more exploring.

Tiki Touring Fiordland

Doing our bit to support the local economy and being tourists yet again in our own backyard.

This was the first time we had both been down this way since the early 1980s so was like a new discovery and can now see why tourists come in droves to visit this beautiful part of NZ.

Te Anau picture perfect
Sneaky drinkie at the Ranch in Te Anau
Mirror Lakes
Mirror Lake walkway
Homer tunnel
Security at the Homer Tunnel
Milford Sound. 28 bus car parks and not a bus in site.
Absolutely awesome day exploring and so lucky with the weather

Winter Wonderland

Embracing winter in paradise.

Picture perfect Wanaka
A visit to Cardrona distillery for whisky tastings to warm up
0 Degrees top of Crown Range
Loving Arrowtown
The snow has arrived in Queenstown
Stunning view from our apartment this morning
Half way up Tiki Trail making our way to top of the Skyline.
Where’s Wally
Bit slippery in places
Made it and well worth it

South Island Roadie

This would have been week 3 riding out bikes through Asia but during these crazy times it wasn’t to be.

Instead we have hit the road exploring our back yard and having a blast. Even have the folks joining us so some good quality time. Some new territory for us visiting spots we haven’t visited before, loving exploring our backyard.

Day 1 Hokitika
Franz Josef
Not sure how these things work, first kiwi winter in 13 years!!!!
Wet in Franz but truly beautiful
Road tripping from Franz in torrential rain
So many 1 Lane bridges
Was like a drive through a rain forest with all the waterfalls
Then the rain cleared and the sun shining over Lake Wanaka
Lake Hawea
Lake Wanaka
Motel view
Hanging with Ma and Pa

The Nevs surviving lockdown

Wow what a week for everyone around the world.

The Nomadic Nevs being forced to stay home. Our flight to Sydney scheduled today of course a no go as we hunker down with the rest of NZ in our bubble.

Instead this is what our day looked like today.  A great ride with Betty and Nancy.

Tomorrow Andy is back to work as an essential service and we roll through another day during these crazy times. Thinking of you all wherever you are.

Living the dream in Mapua

24 hour mini break to Mapua. So spoilt to have this lovely spot only a 34km ride away. The perfect getaway.

Betty and Nancy having a rest half way
Chilling out
Loving the peace and quiet
Rabbit Island
Nancy waiting patiently for the ferry to Mapua
All refreshed
Beer O’Clock at Jellyfish
Loving summer
Good morning Mapua
Time to get the ferry back to Rabbit Island

Back through Rabbit Island
Just like that back at Raglan in Tahunanui

Happy Anniversary to us

Well what better way to spend our 21st Wedding Anniversary than taking Betty and Nancy on an epic ride.

42km Coppermine saddle trail, rough going on a steel bike as so rocky, but blazed past some dude on his flash carbon full suspension bike! That gave Betty and Nancy a buzz!

Departing home first thing

After just under 2hours of climbing we made it to the 3rd house

Then it got cold, super cold!

Hiding in the fog and drizzle we made it to the saddle. But too cold to hang around

Nancy having a rest waiting on Betty. No speed records broken for Betty on the descent!

There she is!! Great day out.

Now what are the odds of having two lovely ladies come into work earlier in the week and their names were Betty & Nancy! They couldn’t believe our bikes were called B & N.

Happy 21st Anniversary. Was a dreary cold day like this in Christchurch 21years ago.

Where has that time gone! What a fun 21 years full of adventures. We are so lucky to have hit the jackpot! Bring on the next 21!

Ride done and dusted and almost time to crack open the bubbles!

Betty & Nancy hanging in paradise

Nelson – Mapua return

Starting to feel like summer is just around the corner, so let the summer fun begin and enjoy what’s on our doorstep.

66+km is a long way to pedal for hot chips but oh so worth it.

Betty hanging in Mapua

Feeling like summer not spring

A little puffed out and head wind on the home straight.

Home for a freshen up, back on B & N and time for a well deserved pint at Styx with friends. 23deg roll on summer